insisted Sunday he was not upset to surrender a two-set lead and lose the Australian Open, whereas heaping reward on “unreal” . The world quantity two regarded destined to clinch a second Grand Slam title after his US Open breakthrough final yr when he held three break factors towards Nadal’s serve within the third set after profitable the primary two at Melbourne Park. However the never-say-die Spaniard saved all of them earlier than battling again for a well-known 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory in a gruelling 5hr 24min to disclaim Medvedev and win a historic twenty first Grand Slam title.
“If we discuss tennis, I am not that upset. It was an enormous match,” mentioned the 25-year-old Russian.
“For certain, some small factors, small particulars that I might have carried out higher if I wished to win. However that is tennis, that is life. Rafa performed unreal, he raised his stage.”
It was the second time Nadal had denied Medvedev in a Grand Slam decider, profitable a five-set epic on the 2019 US Open.
“At two units to like up I used to be similar to, ‘go for him’,” mentioned Medvedev, who was in his fourth Grand Slam remaining.
“Within the fifth set I used to be similar to ‘make him run’. However he was unreal, he was actually sturdy the way in which he performed.
“So speaking about tennis, I haven’t got a lot remorse. I will try to proceed my finest, work even more durable to attempt to be a champion of a few of these nice tournaments someday.”
The second seed once more polarised the packed Rod Laver Enviornment, which was firmly behind Nadal, with some sections booing him after he complained concerning the ball boys.
Medvedev was additionally sad about shouts from spectators as he was about to serve.
“It is disappointing and it is disrespectful,” he mentioned, whereas bemoaning that followers usually do not get behind him when he performs one of many sports activities’ legends like Nadal.
“I bear in mind there was lots of speak like we wish the younger technology to go for it, to be higher and I used to be actually pumped as much as actually try to give them (high gamers) a tough time.
“Nicely, I assume these individuals have been mendacity as a result of each time I stepped on the courtroom for these massive matches I did not see many individuals who wished me to win.”
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